Inman Shield

The first, and simplest, of the coat of arms I came across. The origin is yet unknown but it is mentioned in several verbal histories.

The motto is given in several forms, but to be grammatically correct in Latin this is the proper form.  It's translation is given as "I have trust in God." The plural would be "En Dominus Confidius - We have trust in God." Very similar to the U.S. motto of "In God We Trust."

coa1.jpg (53512 bytes) Armorial Bearings - VairÚ argent and vert, on a chevron cottised or, three roses gules, barbed, seeded and slipped proper.
Mantling - Vert and or,.
Crest - On a wreath of the colors, a wyvern vert, winged fretty or, gorged with a plain collar, with line reflexed over the body gold, in the mouth arose slipped as in the arms.
Motto - "En Domino Confido." (See above.)
Click on the image at right to see a larger picture with, and without, the mantling and motto.
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Inman crest

This coat of arms seems to be a variation of the one above. No colors or description are available.

The description of the Mantling and Crest in the shield to the left seems to match this coat of arms.

Neither have the correct motto but these could be commercial replications.

To the right another variation, but a beautiful presentation. It is a commercial offering.

The certificate included gives the following description: "Vert, on a chevron or, three roses gules, barbed of the first."


Commercial Coat of Arms
coa2.jpg (92529 bytes) This coat of arms seems to be a variation of the one above. The Inman coat of arms is a green shield with a gold chevron. Three red roses decorate the chevron.

This shield, and the two above, are variations of the same design. Given a description of the shield, a color representation is shown for these shields without the mantling and banner. 

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Inman crest This shield is a slight variation of the three above. Although the colors are identical, the roses are placed upon the field rather than on the chevron.

The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Inman
from The Hall of Names.

The Saxon Chronicle is a manuscript which was painstakingly researched by monks of the 10th century and now dwells in the British Museum. Emerging through the Chronicles of history is one of the oldest family names, Inman and the distinguished history of this surname is interwoven into the tapestry of the history of England. 


Historical analysts have used many sources in the preparation of your history such as the Doomsday Book, the Ragman Rolls (1291-1296), the Curia Regis Rolls, The Pipe Rolls, the Hearth Rolls, parish registers, baptismals, tax records and other ancient documents and found the first record of the name Inman, in Lancashire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The Surname Inman, was found in the archives, the name was sometimes revealed as Inman, Innman, Ynman, and these changes in spelling occurred even between father and son. It was not uncommon, for example, for a person to he born with one spelling variation, married with another and for yet another to appear on his gravestone. Scribes spelt the name the way it sounded as it was told to them. From century to century spellings changed.

The family name Inman was found to be descended from the Saxon race. The Saxons were a fair skinned people led by the brothers General/Commanders Hengist and Horsa, who settled in England from about the year 400 A.D. They settled firstly on the south east coast, coming from the Rhine Valley. They spread north and westward from Kent and during the next four hundred years forced the Ancient Britons back into Wales and Cornwall to the west Cambia and Scotland to the north. The Angles held the eastern coastline, the south fork in Suffolk, the north fork in Norfolk. Under Anglo/Saxon.five century rule the nation divided into five separate kingdoms, a high king being elected as supreme ruler. Alfred the Great emerged in the 9th century as the Saxon leader to dispel the Danish Invasion.

England, by 1066, was ably led by Harold, King of the Saxons and was enjoying reasonable peace and prosperity. The Norman invasion from France under Duke William of Normandy, and their victory at the Battle of Hastings, found Saxon land owners to be forfeited their land. William, with an army of 40,000, drove north, wasting the northern counties. Both rebellious Norman nobles and Saxons fled over the border into Scotland. Those Saxons who remained were restive under Norman rule and many moved northward to the midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire where Norman influence prevailed less.

The family name Inman emerged as a notable English family name in the county of Lancashire where they were recorded as a family of' great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor and estates in that shire. William Inman was recorded as Lord of the manor of Inman in 1379. They later branched into the west riding of Yorkshire and within the next century they had moved as far south as London where Edward Inman married Margaret Broughs in 1607. Their most recent family seats were located at Upton Manor and Knaresborough House. Notable amongst the family at this time was Baron Inman.

The next two or three centuries found the surname Inman flourishing and contributing greatly to the culture of the nation. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries England was ravaged by religious conflict. Protestantism, the newly found political fervor of Cromwellianism, and the remnants of the Roman Church rejected all but the most ardent followers. As each group gained power during these turbulent times many were burnt at the stake but many more were banished from the land, losing their titles, estates and status. Many families were freely "encouraged" to migrate to Ireland, or to the "colonies". Some were rewarded with grants of lands, others were indentured as servants for as long as ten years.

In Ireland they became known as the "Adventurers for land in Ireland". They were government sponsored Protestant settlers who "undertook" to keep their faith, being granted lands previously owned by the Catholic Irish.for only nominal payment. They were also known as the "Undertakers". There is no evidence that the family name migrated to Ireland, but this does not preclude the possibility of their scattered migration to that country.

These unsettling times were disturbing and the New World beckoned the adventurous. They migrated, some voluntarily from Ireland, some by Army service, but mostly directly from England, their home territories. Some also moved to the European continent. Members of the family name Inman sailed aboard the armada of small sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships were pestilence ridden, sometimes 30% to 40% of the passenger list never reaching their destination, their numbers decimated by sickness and the elements. Many were buried at sea.

Included amongst the first migrants who settled in North America which could be considered a kinsman of the surname Inman, or a variable, spelling of that family name was John Inman settled in Virginia in 1619 a year before the "Mayflower"; Hugh Inman settled in Virginia in 1650; Samuel Inman .settled in Philadelphia along with William in 1794.

The east coast ports were crowded. From the port of entry many settlers trekked their way west, joining the wagon trains to the prairies or to the west coast. During the American War of Independence, many loyalists made their way north to Canada about 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalist. They were granted equivalent lands along the banks of the St. Lawrence River and in the Niagara Peninsula. Contemporary Notables of the surname Inman, include many distinguished contributors Baron Inman of Knaresorough; Verne Inman, American Surgeon; Herbert Inman, Regional Administrator; Rt. Rev. Thomas Inman, South Africa; Captain William Inman.

Research has determined the above Coat of Arms to be the most ancient recorded for the family surname Inman.

coa3.jpg (81089 bytes) Another crest shown without the banner and mantling. The color of the Wyvern (dragon) is not given.

Click on the image at right to see a larger picture with, and without, the mantling and motto.


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INMAN of Highmoor Hall (H. Coll.). Per pale argent and ermine, a chevron between two wyverns in chief and a rose in base gules.
Mantling - gules and argent.
Crest - On a wreath of the colours, upon a mount vert, between two roses stalked and leaved proper, a wyvern as in the arms, charged on the breast with a fleur-de-lys argent.
Motto - "Ante omnia Deus" (literal translation - "Before all others God").
Livery - Brown.
      Son of Richard Kesterton Inman, b.   ; d. 1870; m.
      Janet Susannah, d. of     .
   George Talford Inman, Esq., J.P. co. Oxon. (High Sheriff 1906), b. 1851; m. 1875, Emily Hope, d. of George Sims, Esq., D.L.; and has issue - 1 - Talford Hope Inman, Gentleman, b. 1883; 2 - Leslie Yardley Inman, Gentleman, b. 1888. Res. - 1 The Close, Hatfield, Herts. Club - Thatched House.
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CREATION - Baron (U.K.), 30 Jan. 1946
ARMS - Per chevron erm. and az., in chief two lions rampant combatant or, holding between the forepaws a maltese cross gu. surmounted by an annulet arg. and in base a triple towered castle ppr.
Crest - A covered cup or between two wyvern's az., both charged with an ermine spot gold.
Supporters - On either side a golden retriever ppr., gorged with a collar sa. charged with three roses arg. barbed and seeded ppr.
Motto - "Fide caritate ministerio" (literal translation - "With faith have love for the servant of God").
The 1st Baron Inman (Philip Albert Inman, P.C.), of Knaresborough, W.R., co. York, J.P. (1945) co. of Lond., educ. Knaresborough, Headingly Coll., Leeds and Leeds Univ., served in World War I 1915-16 (invalided), a Liveryman of City of London, Fell Royal Soc. of health Pres. Charing Cross Hosp., a Church Commr. 1946-57, chm. Hotels Exec. of British Rlys. 1948-51, chm. and Dir. of Public Companies (Publishing, Commercial and Hotels), Chm. Board of Governors B.B.C. 1947, apptd. Lord Privy Seal April 1947 (resigned Oct. 1947), Underwriting Member of Lloyd's, Pres. St. Mary's Sch., Gerrards Cross, Mem. of Council of Royal Albert Hall, and King Edward's Hosp. Fund, author of The Human Touch, The Silent Loom, Straight Runs Harley Street, No Going Back (auto- biography) etc., b. 12 June, 1892, m. 27 Aug. 1919, - May Amelie, only dau. of Edward Dew, of Harrow, and has had issue,
Philip John, b. 15 March, 1929, educ. Lancing, and Geneva Univ., m. 1stly, 17 June, 1952 (m. doss. by. div. 1957), Jenifer, dau. of George Clark, and had issue,
╗ Althea Rosalind, b. 13 Nov. 1954.
He m. 2ndly, 1966, - Judith, dau of Albert George James gibbins, of Mount Pleasant, Stocklane, Langford, Bristol, and a d.v.p. 26 April, 1968.
╗ Rosemary, b. 26 Feb. 1933, educ. Bartram Gables, and Farlington House Schools, m. 19 Feb. 1955, Dr. Nicholas Milton Kollitsis, F.R.C.S. (11, Stasinou Street, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus), son of Miltiades Kollitsis, of Kythrea, Cyprus, and has issue,
1 ╗ Philip Milton, b. 4 Sept. 1957,
1 ╗ Marina Christamene, b. 1956.
2 ╗ Alexandra, b. 1961.
His Lordship is the son of Philiip Inman, of Knaresborough, Yorks, who d. 1894, by his wife Hannah bickerdyke, of Great Ouseburn, Yorks. he was created Baron Inman of Knaresborough, W.R. co. York, 30 Jan. 1946, and sworn of the Privy Council of Great Britain, 23 April, 1947.
Residence - Knaresborough House, Warninglid, nr. Haywards Heath, Sussex. Club - AthenŠum.